Back row L to R: Claudia Nisbet (Bubwith 2), Kathryn Maude (York 1), Suzanne Straw (David Lloyd 3), Maxine Gordon (David Lloyd 2); Front row L to R: Helen Gray (Heworth), Jill McCreedy (Fulford 1), Jill Marsden (Wistow).
Jubilant York lifted the division 1 trophy at the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League presentations for the fourth year in succession. They were the only team to finish the season with a 100% win record and in doing so secured 1054 games, the most by any team in the league. Runners up, Dunnington, were only defeated twice, on both occasions by the champions, and were the only other team in the league to win over 1000 games.
Fulford took the second division crown and also completed the season undefeated, though did include a couple of draws in their results. They return to the top tier, along with Castlegarth, both teams having had just one season away.
Wistow took the division 3 title and so will move into division 2 for the first time in their history. Second placed Castlegarth bounce straight back up after being relegated last year.
Two teams battled out the division 4 top slot for most of the season, David Lloyd’s eight match unbeaten run ultimately saw them finish the stronger to top the table ahead of Bubwith.
The league’s closest finish was in division 5 where Heworth claimed the title by finishing just a point ahead of Bishopthorpe.
David Lloyd 3 lost only one game in their march to the division 6 crown. Fulford will join them in division 5, returning after their relegation last term.
Two of the three new teams to enter the League, Bubwith 2 and David Lloyd 4, will both be promoted from division 7, Bubwith as champions.
The League also recognised the top scoring player from each division, these were Wendy Stirke (York 1) – 377 games, Jill McCreedy (Fulford 1) – 334, Rachel Huggins (Wistow) – 314, Liz Bramley (Bubwith 1) 283, Andrene Watson ( Bishopthorpe 2) – 286, Charlotte O’ Shea (Fulford 3) – 265 and Tracey Howbridge (Bubwith 2) – 242.
Wendy Stirke won the Terry Haw trophy which is awarded to the player that won the most games in the league. On presenting the cup, Terry Haw recognised Stirke’s incredible achievement of playing at such a high level and consistently gaining such impressive scores.
BB Winners – Wig’s Denise Crane (left) and Sue Espiner
Debutant Wigginton pair Sue Espiner and Denise Crane lifted this season’s Beryl Bean Over 55’s Trophy after defeating Rosie Cantrell and Hilary Spencer 6-2 in the final.
The tournament involved nine couples from various clubs and divisions of the ladies league contending in two groups. Tollerton’s Pippa Bailey and Tina Galleon just missed out on advancing from the group stages, finishing a game behind Jill McCreedy and Chris Place. This set up a close semifinal, McCreedy and Place going down 4-3 to Cantrell and Spencer, who had dominated their group.
The other semi saw Crane and Espiner ease past Wilberfoss duo Bev Tebbutt and Chris Oldfield. This set up a Wig v Popp final.
The final saw all four players produce some compelling rallies, but Espiner and Crane ultimately gained the upper hand to take the title at their first attempt.
Tournament sponsor Beryl Bean thanked hosts Wigginton for organising a very well run tournament and also all the participants for providing some excellent matches.
York Tennis Club once again hosted this season’s IT Sports Tournament which involved nine couples from six different clubs. Ladies from divisions 1 and 2 in the league competed in two groups, the top two in each group going forward to the semi-finals.
Group match highlights included a close battle between David Lloyd’s Sheila Duxbury and Elaine Hilton who narrowly defeated Jane Parkin and Katy Fowler and Rufforth’s Chris Place and Sue Yoward’s 3-2 victory over Bishopthorpe’s Laura Rhodes and Katie Harvey.
The semi-finals saw York’s Jill Le Pla and Siobhan Gilfillan defeat Dunnington duo Emma Loten and Alex Bolam, and Karen Retief and Fay Chapman overcome Fulford’s Jill McCreedy and Jane Wallace.
This set up an all York final. A highly competitive match saw some top quality tennis, left hander JLP trading some brilliant cross court rallies with strong backhander Karen Retief. In the tightest of finishes, Retief and Chapman showed slightly more consistency to just edge past their team mates and take the title for the first time.
IT SPORTS FINALISTS
Tournament organisers, York TC, would like to thank all couples that entered and everyone who took part in the raffle, which along with entry fees raised £122 which will be donated to the research charity, Breast Cancer Now.
IT TOO WINNERS
Bev Tebbutt (left) and Chris Oldfield from Wilberfoss
The IT Too tournament was held at Bubwith Tennis Club. This event, which is open to players from divisions 3-7 of the ladies league, saw eight couples, from five different clubs take part.
Dunnington’s Liz Stacey and Barbara Plummer, along with Bishopthorpe pair Andrene Watson and Jackie Mason qualified from the group stages, but lost out in the semis.
The final saw young Fulford pair, Sarah Richards and Charlotte O Shea just lose out to the experienced Wilberfoss couple Bev Tebbutt and Chris Oldfield.
Bubwith Tennis club will be hosting the IT Too competition, with some matches possibly being played at Cliffe, should extra court space be needed. This event will be open to players from divisions 3 – 7 only.
Both competitions are not club based so a couple could be made up of players from different teams or clubs and even different divisions, though a player from division 1 or 2 could not compete in the IT Too, even if their partner plays in a lower division.
Also, the Beryl Bean Over 55’s tournament will be held at Wigginton on Sunday 25th September, details to follow……
L to R: Lisa Hunter, Rachael Huggins, Janet Falkingham, Jill Marsden, Justine Vickers, Ali Wortley, Sarah Huggins.
RESULTS – WEEK 16 (RESCHEDULED MATCHES)
Division 1: York 2 53, Poppleton 1 55.
Division 2: Rufforth 55, Dunnington 2 53; Castlegarth 1 69, Boston Spa 39; Cliffe 13, Fulford 1 95 (J. Middleton & R. Painter 34, W. Cook & P. Craddock 32).
Division 4: Riccall 60, Bubwith 1 48.
Division 5: Cawood 75 (L. Bishop & L. Pope 29), Wigginton 2 33; Bishopthorpe 2 69 (A. Watson & J. Hanson 29), Copmanthorpe 2 39.
Division 7: David Lloyd 4 55, Copmanthorpe 3 53.
Castlegarth’s win against Boston Spa ensures their promotion from division 2 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. Champions, Fulford rounded off their campaign with a big win against Cliffe to finish the season unbeaten.
Andrene Watson and Jackie Hanson hit form for Bishopthorpe in their win over Copmanthorpe, which with Wigginton’s defeat at Cawood, sees them take the second promotion slot in division 5 on games difference.
Left to right : Anne Gray, Helen Gray (capt), Monica Haritakis, Chris Vis, Hester de Groot and Denise Jagger.
York 1 strolled to the first division title in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. They thrashed already relegated Starbeck to retain the crown, led by Captain Kathryn Maude and Karen Retief who took 31 games in their emphatic 78-30 victory. Second placed Dunnington finished their season with aplomb, winning all their rubbers against York seconds, Emma Loten and Alex Bolem top scoring with 30 games. Poppleton ensured their first division safety as Belinda and Rebecca Turnbull only dropped a couple of games to inspire their team to victory against Pocklington. Bishopthorpe’s 61-47 win against David Lloyd sends them back to division 2 after just one season in the top flight.
The top two teams fought out a draw in division 2, Fulford are already champions, their opponents, Castlegarth, appear likely to go up with them, though Rufforth look ready to pounce should they slip up. Eleanor Bradshaw made a rare appearance in the ladies league to help see Wigginton home against Pocklington, who will now drop into division 3. Dunnington had a close encounter at Boston Spa, Sue Sumner and Joyce Rhodes taking 10 games in the last rubber to clinch the victory.
Sisters Rachel and Sarah Huggins scored 25 games in Wistow’s 59-49 win at Fulford to confirm their team’s promotion from division 3. Copmanthorpe beat promotion rivals Castlegarth 56-52 to ensure the second promotion slot goes down to the wire. Knaresborough 1 had a comprehensive win against Appleton who will now be relegated, along with Tollerton following their 51-57 defeat to Rowntree Park.
David Lloyd seconds will go up as champions from division 4; their victory against Dunnington leaves the latter struggling to avoid the drop. Already demoted Riccall had a rare victory at Sutton, Jen Tongue and Marisa Dalgleish bagging 25 games. Though already promoted, Bubwith’s shaky close to the season continued as they went down 49-59 to Boston Spa. Sheena Jackson and Margaret Evans were unbeaten for Poppleton as they recorded a valuable win against New Earswick.
Heworth celebrated promotion from division 5 beating bottom club Knaresborough 84-24, Anne Gray and Chris Viz hitting form to bag 33 games. Wigginton were indebted to Sandra Burley and Catherine Field for their 24 game contribution which enabled them to overcome promotion rivals Bishopthorpe 55-53. Copmanthorpe 2 have lost their battle to stay up, going down 53-55 against Wilberfoss, for whom Ros Latham and Liz Walker starred, taking 21 games. Cawood hammered basement side Knaresborough, who were only able to field two couples.
David Lloyd 3 look likely champions of division 6, second place will be between Fulford and Poppleton, who logged a 62-46 win at Sheriff. Dunnington eased their relegation worries with a 72-36 win against Stamford Bridge.
Gill Northcott and Ingrid Haywood won 29 games in David Lloyd’s division 7 win against Wilberfoss. This keeps them in the chase for the second promotion slot, along with Copmanthorpe who had a 72-36 triumph at Rufforth.
This season’s IT Sports and IT Sports Too tournaments will take place on Sunday 11th September, please contact team Captains for details.
DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONS – YORK 1
Division 1: Bishopthorpe 1 61, David Lloyd 1 47; York 1 78 (K. Retief & K. Maude 31, J.Le Pla & K.Lewis 29), Starbeck 30; Poppleton 1 67 (B & R Turnbull 34), Pocklington 41; Dunnington 1 86 (E. Loten & A. Bolam 30), York 2 22.
Division 2: Boston Spa 51, Dunnington 2 57; Pocklington 2 34, Wigginton 1 74 (E. Bradshaw & D. Holman 33); Fulford 1 54, Castlegarth 1 54; Cliffe conceded to Rufforth.